Computer Playback

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Title: Computer Playback
Publisher: Janet Hunt
Editor(s): Janet Hunt & R. Merrill Bollerud
Date(s): 1977-1982
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Computer Playback is a gen Star Trek: TOS anthology published in the UK. It reprints fiction that has previously appeared in other zines.

Similar reprint zines are K/S Relay, Relay, and Archives.

General Fan Comments

Computer Playback 1, 2, and 3 are put out by Janet Hunt. Each issue is a collection of four to six stories (usually long out of print), by a single author. Gerry Downs is in CP 1. Connie Faddis in CP 2, and Marion Zimmer Bradley (better known for Darkover) is in 3. This is an English 'zine, although Yeoman Press sometimes has copies. The stories are excellent and the production quality is high. The paper is A4, a little longerer than 11 inches, so it doesn't stack as well with the U.S. zines. [1]

From the Editorial in the First Issue

At Terracon '77 in Liverpool last year, a number of fans got together and discussed a problem in fandom over here. Specifically the difficulty in getting zines from America to the UK. Due to regulations concerning currency leaving the country, it's very difficult, slow, expensive and frustrating to get issues of US zines across the ocean... No workable ideas came out of those con discussions, but the Existence of Desire was brought to life... The months and ideas came and went and then one one of us came up with a Brilliant Idea. I think it came from getting our copies of Archives, a reprint zine from Yeoman Press... To whit: If we got the stories from the US sent over here, we could reprint them over here, sell them over here, and the money would never leave HM"s shores. Now, in effort to do something just a little bit different in a reprint zine, here is our plan: Each issue of Computer Playback will contain the stories of one US author... We will hope to get out approximately 3 to 4 issues per year and to give you, the reader, the widest possible variety of stories by some of the best US authors in the fandom.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

Computer Playback 1 contains fiction by Gerry Downes. It is undated (but published in 1977 or 1978) and contains 59 pages. Art by William R. Peterson (the author's brother), Virginia Jacobsen and Gerry Downes.

  • Editorial by R. Merrill Bollerud (2)
  • Presenting Gerry Downes: Some Biographical Notes on This Issue's Author (3)
  • Full Circle (appeared in Stardate: Unknown #2) (4)
  • Two Tickets, Please (appeared in Warped Space #23 and Stardate: Unknown #4) (14)
  • He's Your Brother George, Only You Call Him 'Sam' (appeared in Stardate: Unknown #4) (18)
  • Paved with Good Intentions (appeared in Stardate: Unknown #3) (38)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Computer Playback 2 was published in 1977. It contains stories by Connie Faddis.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

See reactions and reviews for The Third Wheel.

Issue 3

cover of issue #3

Computer Playback 3 was published in 1979.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

See reactions and reviews for The Gathering.
See reactions and reviews for The Healing Time.

Issue 4

Computer Playback 4 was published in 1980.

cover of issue #4

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

See reactions and reviews for The Decision.
See reactions and reviews for The Immovable Object.

Issue 5

cover of issue #5

Computer Playback 5 was published in 1981 and is 71 pages long. Art is by Roo, Tim Groome, and Gerry Downes.

  • The Captain’s Corporation by Helen Sneddon (reprinted from Enter-comm #2) (The author is a great admirer of JTK, as is the editor, but when this poem was first published some people were upset by it, but it's meant tongue in cheek.) (3)
  • Clair de Lune by Connie Faddis (reprinted from The Other Side of Paradise #1, also in Archives #1) (6)
  • A Human Touch by Nancy Kippax (reprinted from Galactic Discourse #1) (11) (Kirk sits in vigil at the bedside of a seriously injured McCoy, his thoughts turn back to when he was the patient and first met the doctor.)
  • For Auld Lang Syne by Wendy Rockburn (reprinted from Enter-comm #1) (27)
  • Trial by Ordeal by Connie Faddis (reprinted from Interphase #2) (37)
  • Visit to a Weird Planet by Jean Lorrah and Willard F. Hunt (RPF) (reprinted from Spockanalia #3) (66)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

See reactions and reviews for Trial by Ordeal.

Issue 6

cover of issue #6

Computer Playback 6 was published in 1982 and is 62 pages long. Art is by Lesley Crowther, Carol Hart, Ann Humphrey, and Tim Groome.

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